Two musicians with Detroit area roots were honored at the 2013 Blues Blast Music Award ceremony held at Buddy Guys’ Legends in
on Oct. 31.
Singer Shaun Murphy earned top honors for Contemporary Blues Album for her recording “Ask For the Moon” and also won the award for Best Female Blues Artist, topping a field that included Michigan native Janiva Magness, who won three Blues Blast awards last year.
Murphy has worked with many heavyweights in the industry, including Bob Seger, Eric Clapton, Bruce Hornsby and Little Feat. She has also appeared on Broadway in the productions of “Hair” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road.”
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Doug Deming won the Sean Costello Rising Star Award. Deming may be a “rising star,” but we’ve known about him in Detroit for two decades.
He has worked with many top blues artists, including Kim Wilson, Lazy Lester, Gary Primich, Johnny “Yard Dog” Jones, A.C. Reed, and Detroit “Queen of the Blues,” Alberta Adams.
Other winners at the Blues Blast Music Awards included: The Cash Box Kings, who won Traditional Blues Album for “Black Toppin’”; Albert Castiglia, who had the top Blues Rock Album with “Living The Dream”; Curtis Salgado, whose “Soul Shot” was top Soul Blues Album; Easy Livin’ , who received the New Artist Debut Release award for “Southern Hospitality”; Doug Macleod, who was named Male Blues Artist; and the Tedeschi Trucks Band, which was named Blues Band of the Year.
Song Of The Year honors went to Cee Cee James’ “I Got a Right to Sing the Blues,” written by James and Rob “Slideboy” Andrews.
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